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Does the camera continuously adjust the focus while in Continuous Shooting or Speed Priority Continuous focus modes?

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When the Auto focus mode is set to AF-A or AF-C, you may be able to adjust focus while in Continuous Shooting.
Check the following since there are restrictions depending on the camera and lens.

Legend:
✔: Compatible
- : Not Compatible

Model NameAuto Focus Mode SettingFast Hybrid AF
Using
Compatible Lens
Fast Hybrid AF
Using
Non-Compatible Lens
Mount Adapter
Using
LA-EA1
Mount Adapter
Using
LA-EA3
Mount Adapter
Using
LA-EA2,
LA-EA4
ILCE-9AF-C✔ *10✔ *2✔ *2✔ *6✔ *2
ILCE-7M3
ILCE-7RM2
ILCE-7RM3
AF-A or AF-C✔ *1✔ *2✔ *3✔ *3✔ *2
ILCE-7M2AF-C✔ *1✔ *2✔ *3 *8✔ *3 *8✔ *2
ILCE-7AF-C✔ *4✔ *5--✔ *5
ILCE-5100AF-A or AF-C✔ *6✔ *2--✔ *2
ILCE-6000AF-A or AF-C✔ *6✔ *2--✔ *2

ILCE-6300
ILCE-6400
ILCE-6500

AF-A or AF-C✔ *9✔ *2✔ *3✔ *3✔ *2
NEX-5R
NEX-5T
NEX-6
AF-C✔ *7✔ *5--✔ *5

 

Model NameAuto Focus Mode Setting

Fast Hybrid AF
Using
Compatible Lens

Fast Hybrid AF
Using
Non-Compatible Lens

Mount Adapter
Using
LA-EA1, LA-EA2, LA-EA3, LA-EA4

ILCE-7RM4AF-A or AF-C✔ *13✔ *2✔ *2

 

Model NameAuto Focus Mode SettingContrast AFMount Adapter
Using
LA-EA1,
LA-EA3
Mount Adapter
Using
LA-EA2,
LA-EA4
ILCE-7SM2
ILCE-7S
ILCE-7R
ILCE-5000
ILCE-3500
ILCE-3000
NEX-7
NEX-3N
NEX-F3
AF-C✔ *5-✔ *5
NEX-C3AF-C✔ *5-✔ *5 *11
NEX-5
NEX-3
AF-C✔ *5-✔ *5 *12

 

Model Name

Auto Focus Mode Setting

Compatibility
DSC-RX10M4AF-A or AF-C✔ *1

DSC-RX100M5
DSC-RX100M5A
DSC-RX100M6
DSC-RX100M7

AF-A or AF-C✔ *1

 

*1 AF cannot be tracked while on Continuous Shooting in the following cases:

  • If the subject is outside the range of the phase-detection AF sensor.
  • When shooting in a dark environment.
  • When shooting with no subject contrast such as blue skies or a white wall.
  • If the aperture value is more than F8.
    For the ILCE-7M3, if the aperture value is larger than F11.

*2 Only compatible with Continuous Shooting Lo.

*3 Only compatible with Continuous Shooting Lo.
     You need to set to Phase-detection AF for AF system from the custom menu.

*4 AF cannot be tracked in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting in the following cases:

  • If the subject is outside the range of the phase-detection AF sensor.
  • When shooting in a dark environment.
  • When shooting with no subject contrast such as blue skies or a white wall.
  • If the aperture value is more than F8.

*5 Only compatible with Continuous Shooting. (You will not be able to continue to focus in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting.)

*6 AF cannot be tracked when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus in Mid/Hi in the following cases. In this case, set to Lo.

  • If the subject is outside the range of the phase-detection AF sensor.
  • If the aperture value is more than F11.
  • When the system software of LA-EA3 is Ver.01

*7 AF cannot be tracked in Speed Priority Continuous Shooting in the following cases:

  • If the subject is outside the range of the phase-detection AF sensor.
  • When shooting in a dark environment.
  • If the aperture value is more than F6.3.

*8 Software Ver.2.0 or later is required.

*9 AF cannot be tracked when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus in Mid/Hi/Hi+ in the following cases. In this case, set to Lo.

  • If the subject is outside the range of the phase-detection AF sensor.
  • If the aperture value is more than F11.
  • When the system software of LA-EA3 is Ver.01

*10 AF cannot be tracked when shooting in a dark environment. You will not be able to continue to focus in the following cases.

  • If the subject is outside the range of the phase-detection AF sensor.
  • If the aperture value is more than F11. 

*11 Software Ver.02 or later is required.

*12 Software Ver.05 or later is required.

*13 The camera may not be able to maintain focus on a subject using AF during continuous shooting in the following situations: 

  • When the subject is outside of the phase detection AF sensor area
  • When shooting in dark surroundings
  • When the contrast of the subject is low, such as a blue sky or a white wall
  • When the aperture value is greater than F11